July-December 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 30


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 28 October 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18551028-TC-JF-01; CL 30: 94


Chelsea, 28 Octr, 1855—

Dear Forster,

Thanks to you again; certainly you are the helpfullest of men! A pleasure to meet with, in such promptitude and generous alacrity, in the muddy thoroughfares of this world!— I really am much obliged to you.

I return you the Paper, to mend and scrape clean where you see proper, and then to send immediately to its ultimate destination,1 that so we may have done with it. I cannot doubt but the money will be got: at any rate if we fail at Coutts's Bank and thro' the Times, we can then set to dunning private people; and a single rich person, or a couple, could at once do the business. But I do not expect we shall be driven to that.

I have another Missive yesterday from the poor old Miss Lowe: not the slightest objectn to a “Public Subscription”;—for the rest, does not tell me whether Lady Palmerston performed her promise or not: in fact it jumps wildly about, like a kangaroo, this Epistle, and does not definitely lead one anywhither.— I have got my Wife to engage to go out tomorrow; and overhaul the Lowe business to the foundation, take it off my hands at least; and see what can or should be done with it.

I have said in that Paper “Annuity of £30” (not £40 as the old Dame says) £30 will make their income about £100 a year;2 which, with a house of their own, Jane computes to be capable of doing;—tho' of course we need not refuse £40 a-year, should it offer to come in. Let us say £30 at present;—and on the whole, let us go ahead in the way you propose, & make no delay more! We need not wait for the result of Mrs C.'s mission;3 that will come to avail us at a later period.

If I cannot get so far today, I will send this Post to Lincoln I. Fds, so as to arrive tomorrow morning.

Adieu dear F.— Yours ever

T. Carlyle